Nina is a nerpa from Lake Baikal in Siberia. Lake Baikal is a very special place and nerpas are very special too. Lake Baikal is the oldest, deepest lake on our planet. By volume of water, it is the biggest freshwater lake on Earth and the water is beautifully clear. In winter, the ice formed is breathtakingly beautiful.
Lake Baikal is rich in biodiversity with most of that nature being endemic. One of the iconic species residing in Lake Baikal is the Baikal seal or ‘nerpa’. Nerpas are unique in being the only species of seal that reside exclusively in freshwater. Nina’s scientific name is Pusa sibirica.
Graeme met Nina when he first visited Lake Baikal in the summer of 2015. They became friends very quickly and have since shared great times together. During winter when the lake freezes over nerpas typically reside under the ice. In the winter of 2016-2017 Nina decided that she wanted to see more of her beautiful country Russia. She also wanted to explore further worldwide.
Nina and I welcome you to our site and trust that it is of value to you.